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Life Issues® Institute

Here's the most recent news and updates for this outstanding ministry!

Safe Surrender

  • Monday, July 28, 2014

To surrender is to give up . . . to end something.

Not always though.

As the 119th infant was surrendered in LA County since the Safe Surrender program began 13 years ago, these mothers didn't give up, they surrendered their babies to give them a new beginning.

The Safe Surrender Program allows new moms to surrender infants within 72 hours of birth, no questions asked.  A newborn girl who was surrendered at a hospital recently was the sixth infant turned over under the Safe Surrender law in Los Angeles County this year, according to county Supervisor Don Knabe.  A baby ...

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Fathers with Empty Arms

  • Monday, June 9, 2014

The value of every life is a message Brad Mattes has been sharing for nearly 40 years.  A father of four sons himself, celebrating babies and supporting their parents is something Brad holds as core to his own life commitment. 

As Father's Day approaches and our thoughts turn to the role of fathers in our lives,  Brad thinks about a particular type of father -- those  who won't have the opportunity to play a role in their children's' life.

"Every Father's Day, my mind goes to dads who'll never get to see or hold their babies ...

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How Far We've Come

  • Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Graduation quotes are trending on Twitter right now - I know because I have a vested interest in the subject as my son graduates from high school this week.  I'm enjoying reading wonderful words of wisdom about "how far" these young people have come as they close this chapter of their life and graduate into the future. 

Next week on "Life Issues®," Brad Mattes will share about how far we've come on the pro-life front.

"America is unquestionably pro-life. During the last two years, states have passed more protective legislation for mothers and their unborn babies than during the ...

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Every Life is A Blessing

  • Monday, April 14, 2014

My friend Lisa's son, Zachary just celebrated his 18th birthday . . . though he doesn't know it.

Zachary has a rare form of epilepsy which includes grand mal seizures, autistic tendencies and severe developmental challenges. He will likely not progress beyond the mental abilities of a toddler.

While I watch my 18 year old son prepare for high school graduation, fill out job applications and enroll in college in the fall, Lisa is immersed in the paperwork of setting up Zach's conservatorship and SSI Disability.

Lisa carries a huge responsibility on her shoulders taking care of Zach -- from the ...

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Proof of Life

  • Monday, March 24, 2014

Mattes and TadasWhile I don't travel extensively, there was a recent article in the LA Times travel section which caught my attention -- it was about how to keep your possessions safe at a hotel.

Yes, the travel expert noted, there are the hotel safes for storing laptops, cameras, etc., but many hotels say they aren't responsible for items left in rooms.  There's the front desk safe but those aren't always practical (or indeed, "safe").

While the best way, the author notes, to keep your possessions safe is to not take anything of value with you to hotels, he ...

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It's All About Saving Lives

  • Monday, February 10, 2014

The US abortion rate has dropped to its lowest level since 1973.

"The lower number of abortions means pro-life efforts of education, legislation & electing candidates is working. Together we can do this!" Brad Mattes, host of "Life Issues®" and CEO of the Life Issues® Institute.

While many pro-life laws have passed in the last three years, the Life Issues® Institute has long held the belief that pro-life education is the foundation on which legislative and political victories are built. 

Brad shares in a recent email update that their approach is focused on three areas: sharing information about pregnancy and fetal ...

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